[LISTEN] Could you be spreading fake news on Whatsapp?

Whatsapp wants to hold to account those users who send 'fake news' over the messaging platform. This comes after a fake news message was cited as the cause of a mob killing in India.

The pilot is expected to limit the number of people to whom you can forward a 'chain message' by implementing a ‘five media-based forwards limit.'

The trial will kick off in India.

John Maytham talks to Dexterity Digital's Cliff de Wit to gain insight into Whatsapp's plan to curb fake news.

We're entering this era where everybody can be a broadcaster.

Cliff de Wit, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder at Dexterity Digital

Communication is becoming weaponised and, I think that has consequences.

Cliff de Wit, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder at Dexterity Digital

It's merely an attempt to see if they can stop something spiraling or becoming viral.

Cliff de Wit, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder at Dexterity Digital

We're going to see numerous of these attempts to try and validate how information spreads and how quickly it can spread virally.

Cliff de Wit, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder at Dexterity Digital

On receiving fake news messages via Whatsapp, John says: "it's quite clearly junk and, I write to people and, I say – just look at it and think about it. Do 30 seconds or 10 seconds on Google and you'll find out that it's rubbish. That's the only way we're going to change this."

Validating some of the content and question it.

Cliff de Wit, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder at Dexterity Digital

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